Goals, Meaning, and Faith
(This is sometimes called the meaning triangle)
Three Ways to Link Faith, Meaning, and Mental Health
3. Think about the ideas of Frankl and Baumeister when writing personal or career goals.
I often read clinician notes indicating that the client did not find religion or spirituality relevant. I suggest that therapists may not be assessing the role of religion and spirituality in sufficient depth. People who struggle with depression and anxiety may not see how their faith can make matters better or worse. In the U.S., most people report they are Christians and for a substantial percentage of those, their Christian beliefs are important.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
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